Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, located down the block from the new Rincon Hill residential tower, is a neighborhood spot that’s arrived before construction of the new neighborhood has finished. Partners Oola Fendert and Mark Bright have filled a high-ceilinged warehouse space with a casual Mediterranean—California restaurant (think wood oven pizza, rotisserie chicken or smoked duck salad), sleek wine bar and a wine retail shop with food to go. Bright’s eclectic wine list—which ranges from Lebanon’s Château Musar to grand cru Burgundy from Ramone—is a draw for locals and non-locals alike.
330 First St., San Francisco, California
Based in San Francisco, Wolfgang Weber was the Italian wine critic at W&S. He now works with the Revel Wine and Selection Massale, and continues to write freelance. Nebbiolo is his spirit grape but if he were to live anywhere in Italy, he’d choose Liguria.
This story appears in the print issue of June 2007.
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